Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pepper-Spraying Cop Seeks Worker's Comp For "Psychiatric Injury"

John Pike, former police officer shown above nonchalantly pepper spraying UC Davis students sitting peacefully at an Occupy protest, is appealing for worker's compensation due to "psychiatric injury" resulting from the November 2011 event:

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations’ website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

Online videos of him and another officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray went viral, sparking outrage at UC Davis leaders. The images became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Hackers posted Pike’s information online. He received scores of threats that led an Alameda County Court judge to rule against releasing the names of other officers at the scene.

This week, a state appeals court ruled news organizations are entitled to know the names of a dozen University of California police officers who were interviewed about the use of pepper spray on demonstrators at UC Davis.

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